I have a titre de sejour (TDS) -- a card separate from my passport -- in France which is valid for another 2 years. I recently renewed my [non-European] passport. I have my old passport which has been cancelled (holes in the cover), but which holds my vignette (what acted as a TDS in my first year in France).

I know I need to carry/present my TDS when I enter France, but before I renewed my old passport, I noticed that at the border, the officer always opens my passport to the page where the vignette is anyway to check that, even though I have presented my (newer) TDS.

Do I have to carry my old passport which is where my vignette is? Or am I okay to just travel with my new passport and TDS alone?

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    Why don't you try an experiment: carry the old passport the first time you re-enter France, but don't show it. If the immigration officer asks for it, you can show it; if not, you can probably omit it for future trips. Either way, you can ask the officer to explain the rules.
    – phoog
    Jan 18, 2017 at 9:52
  • I'm thinking of doing this if I don't have a more concrete answer before my next trip. My main hesitation is that my next trip outside FR is a few months long and requires a few location changes, so I'd like to minimise the probability that I'd lose the old passport in case I need it later. Mainly curious whether anyone knew of the necessity of the vignette (or not) offhand. But if not, I'll do that and answer my own question here! Jan 18, 2017 at 11:32
  • Strange, they never seem to even look at that in my case. They just look at my passport and don't really seem to interrogate it much.
    – Iguananaut
    Jan 25, 2017 at 13:40

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Per the suggestion of phoog above, I did a little experiment.

I left France for 3 months and carried the old passport but did not present it at the border. I presented only my titre de sejour and current passport, and that was fine.

I have since exited and re-entered France from non-EU locations several times. I have not been asked about this once, although I continue to present my titre de sejour along with my passport.

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